A home theater just isn’t a home theater with out a surround sound system, and a surround sound system is a whole lot more great when you don’t have a tangled nest of wires to deal with. A surround sound system that’s wireless still isn’t the cheapest option round, but it’s the excellent, and advances in tech have ensured that you could now get a complete wireless surround sound system established for a pretty decent price.
That doesn’t mean you may’t get swindled. There are good and bad wireless surround speakers, and then there are the high-quality wireless surround sound systems. Today we’re focusing our attention of the latter. Each version is precise in its personal way, but we’ll break down the key points to make shopping easier.
10 Best Wireless Surround Sound Systems
1 Enclave Audio CineHome HD 5.1 Wireless Audio Home Theater System
The CineHome from Enclave can’t keep up with a more traditionally wired sound system in terms of pure sonic performance, but they’re a tremendous deal for a price of under a grand. And since it transmits on a 5 Ghz radio frequency, you can count on smooth playback without a meaningful intrusion of audio loss. And in a surprise for a system of this size, it makes use of authentic bi poles in the rear speakers for more full and accurate sound.
As for the components, Enclave has been very generous with this system. Four HDMI outputs and an HDMI input give you a lot of freedom to configure multiple devices, and the smart functionality of the central channel combined with the generous number of ports means that this model is a best choice if you’re looking to start relatively small and develop your home theater over the course of months or years.
- Steady and reliable connectivity
- Good performance for a great price
- Plenty of HDMI ports
- Two full-range drivers on each speaker
- Middle of the road sound, ugly aesthetics
2 JBL 5.1 Wireless Surround System Speakers
Soundbar based surround sound systems are becoming increasingly more popular, largely as customers vie to make as much of their space and reduce as much clutter as possible. The JBL Bar 5.1 takes things to their furthest extreme: offering a sleek and minimalist, fully wireless design that does away with the need of cords entirely. If you just want a soundbar, those satellite speakers can attach to the sides of the bar, and special attention has been paid to making sure it has great clarity on dialogue.
And this is a true wireless system. While the subwoofer needs to be hooked up to a power supply, all the speakers in this system connect to the soundbar wireless, charge through being plugged in, and feature a battery life of up to 10 hours on a single charge. And the 4K passthrough means you’ll have access to nicely pair high definition sound and video.
- Cool detachable soundbar design
- Supports DTS and Dolby formats
- Support for 4K Ultra HD
- Simple wireless Bluetooth streaming
- Relatively cheap build quality
3 Logitech Z906 5.1 Wireless Surround Sound System
Logitech is mostly known for creating speakers and other peripherals for computers, but they’ve taken those skills and applied them to the living room. The Z906 is a solid and balanced wireless speaker system that presents a pretty solid baseline for what you should expect in a lower mid-budget speaker system. A sometimes overlooked feature of a speaker system is how flexible it is to different room sizes and shapes, but the ability to mount the front and rear satellites.
Those looking to create their ultimate entertainment center will find a lot to like in this surround sound system too. You can connect up to six devices at the same time (though the lack of an HDMI input is definitely an inconvenience. And no matter where you decide to place the speakers in this wireless system, you’ll get some great results. There’s a nice sense of balance that never drowns out the center speaker.
- Support for 3D stereo format
- Offers digital and analog inputs
- Full THX certification
- Satellites don’t drown out center speaker
- No option for HDMI connectivity
4 Yamaha YAS-207BL Sound Bar with Wireless Subwoofer
At a glance, the YAS-207BL is a fairly expensive ask for a wireless surround sound system that only includes a soundbar and a subwoofer, but there’s more than meets the eye with this upper mid-range surround sound system. If you want something a bit more minimalist for the living room, the smaller form factor is a real delight, and the subwoofer adds some serious heft to the bass.
And what really stands out here is what doesn’t stand out. There’s a pleasantly neutral sound quality that extends from the lowest bass to the highest treble, and that makes this a versatile surround sound system that can adapt as well to gaming as it can to movies as it can to music. We wouldn’t generally recommend this surround sound system for someone looking for the best, but it’s a best choice for smaller living rooms that need a bit more energy.
- Smaller than average form factor
- Very neutral sound quality
- Decent physical connectivity options
- Solid and durable build quality
- Compatible app is a little light
5 Sony HT-Z9F 3.1ch Dolby Atmos Sound system
This sound system from Sony may just come with three channels apart from the wireless subwoofer, but it makes up for some relatively mild hardware with the inclusion of some really impressive audio formats. With support for both Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, virtual surround sound reproduction creates a much more full and immersive experience whether you’re listening to music, playing games, or watching TV.
Streaming is available in a number of ways too. Native support is available for Spotify, but you can also make use of the Sony Music Center app if you’re trying to get all of your local and purchased music in one place. And with 4K passthrough, you can count on this model to provide you with both the highest quality video and the highest quality audio available to you. Five different sound modes are also available, so you can quickly shift the sound depending on the media.
- Supports DTS:X and Atmos
- Works great with dialogue
- Five different audio modes
- Fully compatible with 4K content
6 Bose 5.1 Home Theater Set
There’s perhaps no speaker manufacturer that outshines Bose in terms of reputation, but they’re unfortunately also synonymous with producing pricey equipment. But if you have the money for it, the luxury minded 700 series is potentially the best surround sound system you’ll get today. It’s sleek and minimalist, making use a petite soundbar as the center channel. This is a surround sound speaker system that’s meant to be heard rather than seen, but it looks quite nice if you want to make it a centerpiece.
There’s no doubt that the sound quality here is some of the best, but Bose really shines with their modern features. While you’ll probably want this speaker system connected to a TV, you can also seamlessly stream music using the Bluetooth connection built in. And since this sound system can work with other wireless Bose surround sound speakers, you can even expand it into a more expansive surround sound system.
- Modular with other Bose wireless speakers
- The smallest satellites Bose produces
- Available in black and white
- Alexa comes built right in
- Very high asking price
7 Samsung Harman Kardon Soundbar
The Harman Kardon legacy is a storied one. As the original division of Samsung, the line is known for the meticulous quality of its sound engineering and performance. The Harman Kardon surround sound system is par for the course, and possibly the best system on the market today. All of the components for a full 7.1.4 system are in place, so you can get both vertical and horizontal sound engineering, but the features are what really shine here.
This surround sound system uses adaptive sound tech that helps render dialogue with a far greater level of clarity and generally better sound performance even at lower volumes. The inclusion of a dedicated gaming mode makes it a clearly one of the best models for hooking up to a console or gaming rig, and it even includes a 4K passthrough so you don’t need to sacrifice UHD video for high def sound.
- Rock solid adaptive sound tech
- Supports Dolby Atmos and DTS:X
- 17 full speakers built in
- Support for 4K and HDR10+
- A very highly priced system
8 VIZIO SB4051-C0 5.1 Wireless Surround Sound System
A home theater system isn’t really a theater without a great TV, and that’s why so many manufacturers are utilizing a soundbar as the center source for their wireless surround sound systems. The Vizio SB4051-C0 is a wireless speaker system designed with an eye towards the practicalities of the average consumer and a price tag that won’t set you back much at all. If you want the latest in sound engineering technology, you’ll find it with this surround sound system too. Support is included for both Dolby and DTS decoders.
In fact, this is a wireless surround sound system that prioritizes convenience over just about everything. Getting it up and running with your TV is as easy as plugging in an HDMI cable, and you can even stream music or other audio over your phone using the built in Bluetooth connection.
- Dolby Digital and DTX support
- Fully wireless sub and speakers
- High sensitivity without distortion
- Very affordable asking price
- Bass may be a little too heavy
9 Klipsch Black Reference Theater Pack 5.1 Surround Sound System
The Klipsch reference style home theater system is small in every sense of the word. The satellite speakers that make up this 5.1 system are exceedingly petite, but they pack in a lot of punch despite that. It won’t provide you with the most cinematic experience, but it will provide you with a whole lot more than anything else at this price point.
In terms of setting up your system, everything here is set up and ready to go. VESA mounts are already in place, leaving you with a whole lot of flexibility in arranging the speakers to suit your room. And that small size means that you can spend less time worrying about weight and form factor and more concerning yourself with what works personally for your space. 2.4 GHz wireless connectivity ensures that all of the speakers stay in sync and don’t interrupt your experiences at the worst moments.
- Incredibly small form factor
- Available for a very affordable price
- Incredible sound for the size
- Very easy to mount
- Less power than larger systems
10 Nakamichi Shockwafe Elite Soundbar
and they manage to do so while keeping the retail price at under a grand. The thing most obviously of note is the expansiveness of the surround sound. Seven speakers and a subwoofer provide you with a lot of flexibility to create the perfect auralexperience, and it can even register height in addition to positioning on a set plane.
The Shockwafe Pro also supports both Dolby and DTS audio, so whatever you’re watching will match exactly what the engineers intended whenever possible. And you don’t need to worry about not being able to keep pace with the source devices this surround sound system is connected to. It supports 4K compatible ports to enhance your sound to its highest capabilities without having to use up all of your available ports.
- True 360 degree surround sound
- Support for DTS and Dolby
- Crisp and discernible dialogue
- Comes with 4K pass-through connections
- Base volume is a little too high
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